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"A stunning portrayal of technology and the inner life. Searing, sobering, compelling: this is important, first-rate, accessible scholarship that should galvanize public conversation."--Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
"A fascinating, frightening window into the world of gambling in Las Vegas and the technological innovations that deliberately enhance and sustain the 'zone'--the odd, absorbed state for which extreme machine gamblers yearn. An astute and provocative look at addiction and its complex moral, social, and emotional entanglements."--T. M. Luhrmann, Stanford University
"At the heart of Schüll's book is the interplay between the players and the machine; between the players and the machine manufacturers; between the players and the math program; and between the players and the 'zone' that the machines help produce. A tour de force that changes the dialogue on gambling addiction."--Henry Lesieur, author of The Chase: Career of the Compulsive Gambler
"Schüll's clear and dramatic writing style is itself addictive. One is drawn into the ways in which the interactions among the different stakeholders lead to players' experience of being drawn into a 'zone' where they remain until all resources are gone. This is a must-read narrative that points to the many variants of screen addiction possible today."--Don Ihde, author of Bodies in Technology
"This gripping, insightful, and poignant analysis of machine gambling offers a kind of object lesson in the intensified forms of consumption that computer-based technologies enable. An exemplary case of the way in which close, critical investigation of specific sites of capitalism can provide a deeper understanding of both intimate experience and widespread socioeconomic arrangements."--Lucy A. Suchman, author of Human-Machine Reconfigurations
"Schüll offers a provocative and important study of the imperative some people feel to lose themselves in a machine. The ethnography is rich and deep, shedding original light on the significance of addiction and gambling in American culture. The story told in the book is absolutely riveting."--Emily Martin, author of Bipolar Expeditions
Anybody with an interest in the mechanics of addiction, the casino industry, functional design, the social impact of interactive technologies, how unrestrained capitalism can... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Paul De Zan
I found this book profoundly interesting. It is not an easy read, but that is more, I believe, due to the complexity of the concepts with which the author is dealing, rather than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Book lover
Everything you need to know about slot machines. A lot of work and effort went into this book.Published 3 months ago by Mike Zibnack
Great in depth analysis of machine gambling industry in us and las vegas in particular. A recommended read and very insightfulPublished 5 months ago by Dudi J
Written by an anthropologist, this well-researched account details how the gambling industry incorporates sophisticated technologies and customer tracking to refine slot machines... Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Cheung
An incisive investigation into the insidious workings in games of chance. Schull possesses impeccable credentials and ultimately points to the anxiety and precarious essence of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Will Whitman